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Hotel suggestions....

Monday, March 14, 2011

On trip advisor right now looking at reviews for hotels. If you have been to the following cites (or if you live there) and have a suggestion of a VERY romantic hotel please let me know! Thanks! Trying to book our June and September hotels.

1. Seattle
2. Olympic National Park
3. San Francisco
4. Carmel or Monterey CA

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JENONTHEROX 3/17/2011 12:20PM

    I just love Seattle & living in Vancouver I've been many times!
I've also stayed at the Mayflower which is a few blocks from Pike Place Market by the water. Also right by all the shopping & city centre & all the yummy Tom Douglas restaurants (my fave is Lola's & Dahlia lounge!). I've also stayed at the Sheraton which was in a good location also, but just hmm, standard, nothing extremely special. I would look into hotels by the waterfront & Pike Place Market!

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SUNNYDAZE9 3/14/2011 11:02PM

    Wrong coast for me, but have a GREAT time!

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PROJECTFIT4LIFE 3/14/2011 8:48PM

    I live near seattle and love the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle. It is GORGEOUS and has so much charm :) I haven't stayed at the Edgewater hotel but that is the next place I want to try because it's historic, has waterfront rooms, and I've eaten at the six-seven resturant there and it was wonderful! Where ever you stay, enjoy the city! :)

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KEEPGOING87 3/14/2011 7:23PM

    Are you only wanting to stay directly in Seattle or are you open to staying like 15 min away in bellevue. Bellevue has MANY great hotels that have nice views and are super close to seattle :)

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MBSHAZZER 3/14/2011 5:54PM

    Jen, in Seattle, we are staying at the Mayflower Hotel. We got a great deal through the RnR website... I think was $100 a night and the location looks great!

Alternatively, my brother and his family did a VRBO (vacation rental by owner) and got a loft apartment in Seattle, so that's something to think about, esp. if you're travelling with your little cutie pie!

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    YES PLEASE! Thanks sweetie!

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    Well I will tell you this, we're renting homes over hotels in San Fran. They are comparable in price (the place we're renting is actually better price wise!) and it feels more homey there. Let me know if you want me to email you a link to the place we're staying in Pac Heights.

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My 8 mile slow run with many lessons learned...

Sunday, March 13, 2011

After speaking with some runner friends this week I came to realize what I have always known but I have failed to acknowledge. LSD ( long slow distance) runs are meant to be SLOW! Most would say, DUH, after all, it is in the name! I always try to go out and do my best, keeping in mind slower is better on your long run days but there are times I ignore this and just let my body tell me how fast I should be going. This is great for race days but I NEED to stick to a set training program. I paid to have this program I am using now and I need to do what it says. On days I am supposed to run tempo, I need to do just that! I am learning that it DOES NOT make you a bad runner just because you are running your long runs slow, instead it makes you a SMART and in the long run a BETTER runner. This is my mission for this year. To become a smart runner who can then translate my training into success on race days.

My motivation behind this comes from my triathlons last season. I did VERY well with my swim and bike times but I was always in the lower half of my age group with my runs. If I can become as lean as I can this year focusing on proper nutrition and running I really do feel it will help me start placing in my age group during my next triathlon season. I also feel it will help build my endurance so when I do start training for my ultimate goal, the Ironman 70.3 series, I will be leaner, stronger, smarter and well equipped for the challenge. In triathlons you have to be strong in all the sports to place in your age group. I am strong in 2 of the 3 sports and now for this year I intend on truly feeling as if I can compete with the running leg along with the other girls I race against in this sport.

I have big goals, some I may reach others, I am not sure, but what I do know is I will NEVER be able to become the athlete I want to be if I do not train smart and listen to not only my body but those around me who know more than me!

I feel wonderful today. Taking it easy on my run was a nice change. My knee feels amazing, my hamstring from last weeks pull is still tight but doing great and my energy is off the charts today! Mile 5 and 6 were wonderful because I found a road with a steady incline for just over 2 miles that was GLORIOUS! It was not a hill but a nice, steady incline that gave me a perfect challenge.

Overall, today was a success in every way and I hope that my efforts will translate into another loss of the scale this next week! Here's hoping!!!
Many thanks for all your support, advice and motivation! Cheers!
Fantastic run! I really worked hard to make sure I was keeping my pace slow...well except for the last mile, sorry but I had a ton of energy and I just felt great!

Garmin Info -
8 mile LSD
1:25 AP 10:38
Calories burned - 1,207
Mile 1 - 10:52
Mile 2 - 11:00
Mile 3 - 10:38
Mile 4 - 10:37
Mile 5 - 10:48 Steady incline
Mile 6 - 10: 49 Steady incline
Mile 7 - 10:26
Mile 8 - 9:57...sorry I know this is not good for an LSD but I just felt so wonderful and wanted to finish strong. I did not push myself too hard, I was just running strong and it just happened. It just goes to show the weight loss is making a BIG difference in my paces.

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TAMTAM64 3/14/2011 1:16PM

    Nothing wrong with a GREAT finish to a long run! Keep it up.

I do want to encourage you to always run the long runs at a comfortable pace. I gave up a long time ago running my long run at the pace my "training plan" told me to run it. I just aim to run it easy - the pace where you can talk & carry on a conversation. I never worry about pace doing my long runs. I just get the miles in. :)

Run Strong,

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ALISHAB3 3/14/2011 12:12PM

    One of the things that LSD workouts do is help to build your blood volume, a critical component for an endurance athlete. I read that in runner's world. Your body needs those recovery runs. It helps in so many ways.

I am glad your hamstring is better.

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MKKAYA 3/14/2011 11:55AM

    Jen, good job my friend! this running thing is a journey and we learn things as we go! I have been running for 2 years and each time I go out - I learn something about myself. The thing I have learned is to follow the plan. sometimes its hard. I try to run my LSD 1 1/2 minutes slower but like many have commented I get to feeling good and I speed up. Its a hard lesson but we need to go slower on the LSD - you have learned a great lesson and now if I would just listen!!!

I appreciate your dedication and its a great inspiration to me! but that is what spark is about - encouraging and inspiration each other!!

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KKINNEA 3/14/2011 11:54AM

    I'm with you - I'm terrible about making myself run slow on LSD - I always end up somewhere in the high 9s. Adding you as a friend so we can get slow!

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    You are amazing. I think LSD should be 2 minutes slower than your race pace. But I wish I was that fast.

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MBSHAZZER 3/14/2011 10:42AM

    Jen, great run and great lessons! Every run does not have to be long, or fast or even particularly enjoyable to be useful! And also, even if it is a LSD run, it's always useful to kick it at the end.... it's fantastic conditioning for race day!

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KATRINAKAT23 3/14/2011 10:28AM

  I am just so impressed. You have perservered and have accomplished so much and with a baby too!! I would be happy if I did have as much as you do. Way to Go!!


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TRAINER_T 3/14/2011 9:19AM

    Great run as always champ!

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CAROLCRC 3/14/2011 8:30AM

    Long slow runs at a very slow pace are great. You'll find you can run the same distance significantly faster in a race situation. I always run at least the last quarter mile significantly faster - it's good mental training for not bonking at the end of a race.

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-H0LY-Y0GA- 3/14/2011 8:03AM

    There is a great calculator on that tells you what your various paces (incl LSD) should be. I was surprised at how slow my long runs should be - it does make a big difference. I have felt much better (on ALL of my runs) when I keep the S in LSD :).


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    This is really interesting. I am just getting into running longer distances (training for my first half marathon) and I also try run every run faster than when i ran the same distance before. I never thought about it but now after reading... Thanks for sharing.

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RUNDARCYRUN 3/14/2011 2:42AM


I know speedy is "not good" for LSD runs, but if you felt great, YOU GO, GIRL!! I almost ALWAYS finish strong. I run faster than I probably should, but that is what feels comfortable to me. Do what YOU feel is right for YOU. There are all sorts of guidelines and "rules" out there, and some people hold to those explicitly, but I think everyone should decide what pace best suits them. Everyone's "slow pace" is different.

Happy running!!

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LILPAT3 3/13/2011 11:21PM

    Good job! Keep up the good work!

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CASSIOEPIA 3/13/2011 10:49PM

    Loved reading about the lessons you are learning, and also that you finished strong (no apologies necessary).

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BOLEBRON 3/13/2011 9:42PM

    Yes, slow is better but often forget that when are out there. We get competitive and we end up only harming ourselves. Lesson learned, we'll do it again...hehehehe!

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KIMTASTIC! 3/13/2011 8:47PM

    Ooh, I need to take my Garmin back from my hubby. Your stats are great! Nice job today!

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SEEHOLZ 3/13/2011 8:44PM

    You are so strong Jen! Trust the training, right? I need that lesson today myself, so thanks.

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NICE_ASPHALT 3/13/2011 8:23PM

    Wow Jen! Thanks for the reminder! I so often forget to be a SMART runner because I am SO darn competitive! I'm always trying to out run the distance or pace from my last run. I will certainly keep this in mind for my next long run! Think I'm going to have to do a wee little bit of research to become smarter!
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March Meltdown Challenge Day 10 Results

Friday, March 11, 2011

Wellness totals for the year - Starting January 1st
Weight Loss - 19.4 lbs
Inches Lost - 8.75
Miles - 161.33

March Meltdown Challenge Results - Starting March 1st
Weight Loss - 2.6 lbs
Inches Lost - 1
Miles - 32.59

Workout - 5 mile walk with my girl. SO MUCH FUN!! My hamstring is still a bit tight but I think through resting this week I should be ok for my long run tomorrow. My pace will be slow but I will get it done!

Here is a picture from our walk yesterday!!

Breakfast - Salmon with formage blanc 0% on Ezekiel bread with a Maca, Chia protein shake

Snack - 1/2 banana with naturally more peanut butter with celery and 1/2 Organic brown rice cake.

Lunch - Black bean and chicken salad with greek yogurt salsa dressing

Dinner - Tilipia wrapped in flax bread with cilantro, lime and pico de gallo. Greek yogurt with sriacha sauce

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URBANMOMMY 3/13/2011 6:36AM

    No more blogs like this, Jen. You are making me HUNGRY!!!!! emoticon

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KROWNEDBEAUTY 3/12/2011 1:34PM

    Jen YOU ROCK! I'm so happy to have a friend on spark who is still pushing so hard. You look amazing! You have earned every single pound lost. Congrats girl! You are doing it!!!

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XIMERAGREY 3/12/2011 10:02AM

    Dang that food looks good.

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COOPSM 3/12/2011 7:52AM

    I am with the others...lunch looked fab.....recipe???
Love where you walk...beautiful!!!

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TACONES 3/11/2011 9:17PM

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    Please let me know where you get your fabulous recipes for the protein shakes and salads! They look fab!

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IMNENA23 3/11/2011 6:37PM

    Beautiful baby and delicious food!

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MBSHAZZER 3/11/2011 2:03PM

    Your food photos are so pretty!

Enjoy your long run - the rest should help those hammies! You have a foam roller, right? That should help a lot. I also like to do this stretch for my hamstrings.... lie on the floor with your butt right up against a wall and your legs extended out, going up the wall, if that makes sense....

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    recipe for the lunch and dinner,please?? Both look absolutely delicious! Good thing I"m eaitng lunch right now or I might chew on the computer monitor! My lunch:1 egg,2 egg whites,cooked in olive oil with red and yellow bell pepper,roasted mushrooms and asparagus,a dollop of fat free refried beans and a slice of avocado.MMMMmmmm...and healthy!! Thank you for your i nspiration!(oh, and bite of Daniel's pb and j sandwhich).:)

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ALISHAB3 3/11/2011 12:44PM

    What a beautiful baby!!!!

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4EVERFIT011 3/11/2011 12:11PM

    Your daughter is adorable! You have done an awesome job with your weight loss and your goals are great! And those meals look delicious (good job on the photography also)!
Stay determined and accountable and you will go the distance!

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    Look her socks are on

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WEKIMER 3/11/2011 11:22AM

    Your foods look yummy and so healthy. Your daughter is gorgeous! Loved your blog and love your background page too. Your weight loss is awesome and your goals are pretty amazing too. kim

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 3/11/2011 11:22AM

    Someone looks awfully comfy in their stroller! ;-)

I've gotta say, your meals look much more appetizing this month! LOL

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March Meltdown Challenge Day 9 Results

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

What a glorious day this was! I was at Lukes today and I bought a new pair of my CW-X tights and this time, I fit into a SMALL!!! I was so excited!! Here is a picture of the tags for proof and me wearing them in the store!

Wellness totals for the year - Starting January 1st
Weight Loss - 18.4 lbs
Inches Lost - 8.75
Miles - 156

March Meltdown Challenge Results - Starting March 1st
Weight Loss - 2.6 lbs
Inches Lost - 1
Miles - 27.59

Workout - 5 mile walk with my baby girl today. Nice and easy but still a GREAT workout!

GO GREEN!! Eat your veggies!

Breakfast - Chia seed, Maca and raw caco shake with blackberries and 3 egg whites scrambled with spinach. Lemon with hot water and cayenne pepper!

Lunch - Spinach, celery and lemon juice with a BIG sports bottle full of Oolong and Matcha tea!

Dinner - Chicken over sprouts, spinach, tomatoes, carrots and baby cucumbers. Dressing was Greek yogurt with hot sauce.

Post dinner - Chai tea with a few 100% dark chocolate pieces and greek yogurt.

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MBSHAZZER 3/10/2011 6:30PM

    LOVE the Go Green t-shirt! And that salad looks fabulous!

Way to go on size SMALL tights, WHOOOOO!

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TWALKER0475 3/10/2011 1:54PM

    Congrats on the size small! Woot! You look great!

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ALISHAB3 3/10/2011 1:51PM

    emoticonI always get such a kick out of reading about your successes and seeing your baby girl! Thanks for posting.

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    You look SPECTACULAR!!!! and that sweet little girl peeking there~ is she eating all this yummy green stuff with you? Daniel really likes avocados. In fact, he prefers healthy foods to sugars when given the choice.Smart kid~

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LYNNA7499 3/10/2011 12:16PM

  Love the photos - especially your little girl smiling at the camera

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A-NU-ME-N-2011 3/10/2011 11:09AM

    Look at you Ms. Skinny your recipes and healthy food choices.

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_FITMAMA 3/10/2011 8:32AM

    Awesome! And love all the pics... you are too cute!

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TURBOTIF 3/10/2011 7:17AM

    Jenn that is AWESOME.. and I love the pic of your daughter peeking at the camera :)

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  A small! You're rocking your body!

And I want that salad. Nom nom nom.

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MELOSPARKLE 3/10/2011 4:20AM

    Congratulations!! What a great feeling when you can go down a size in clothing!

The greek yogurt/hot sauce dressing sounds interesting. I think I'll try it this afternoon on my salad.

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VEGGIE-FITNESS 3/10/2011 12:04AM

    Go girl!!!

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    emoticon on being so small! emoticon Much deserved!

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March Meltdown Challenge Day 8 Results

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Wellness totals for the year - Starting January 1st
Weight Loss - 18 lbs
Inches Lost - 8.75
Miles - 151

March Meltdown Challenge Results - Starting March 1st
Weight Loss - 2.6 lbs
Inches Lost - 1
Miles - 22.59

Workout - 60 mins of Cathe Drill Max and Cathe Cardio Core Circuit and a bit of Yoga.

Breakfast - Green Tea with Jade Oolong, Water with lemon and fresh blueberries

Lunch - Dal with fresh peppers, Berry protein shake with Chia seeds, Garden of Life Raw Fiber, Maca Root and Garden of Life Raw Protein.

Snack - 1/2 apple and almond butter.

Dinner - Grilled chicken with Dino Kale and Purple Kale, onions and garlic in lettuce with salsa and FF Greek yogurt along with Yogi detox tea with nettle.

Dessert - FF greek yogurt, chia seeds, apple and garden of life raw fiber blend along with 100% pure dark chocolate.

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LUV4CHOCOLATE 3/9/2011 7:34AM

    Everything sounds so healthy!! Way to go!

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    You do such nice presentations of your food

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MELOSPARKLE 3/9/2011 4:53AM

    your meals look delicious!

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    mmm..that dessert looks yummy and so does dinner. tonight was a birthday dinner/dessert so it was dirt pie with gummy worms and I did some damage to the pie part..did great at making good choices with the dinner,though. tomorrow is Lent, so I enjoyed my Mardi Gras today:)
I am so very proud of you !!!!

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EGRAMMY 3/8/2011 9:20PM

    Exciting blogs to read. thanks

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    Work it girl!

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KIMTASTIC! 3/8/2011 9:15PM

    I love your food pics, everything looks so good! You're totally rocking the March Meltdown! I'm trying to keep up with you because it's my 5 year wedding anniversary on April 1st and hubby and I are going away for a long weekend. Gotta look good for the 5 year mark!!

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